A quick tour around the blog ring indicates to me three things: a number of our regular bloggers are attending the Big Event 4 with Carol Howard Merritt and the rest of us are preparing for Ash Wednesday and Lent. In the Episcopal Church, of which I am a member and a priest, we take Ash Wednesday seriously. The day before, Shrove Tuesday, is spent burning the palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday. After burning them they are shifted and refined. Some of us add a drop of chrism oil to the ashes, given them more substance so they are more likely to adhere to a forehead and less likely to crumble and fall into eyes or onto clothing. Ash Wednesday services take many forms, including in the Diocese of Chicago, a liturgy for offering "Ashes to Go", resources can be found here.
Does your tradition "celebrate" Ash Wednesday? And, if so, how? Share with us, in the comments or a link to your blog, any resources you have for Ash Wednesday and Lent.
Or share with us any thoughts or ideas you'd like to see developed for Ash Wednesday and Lent.